A woman has revealed how she became the first victim of Tinder scammer Simon Leviev, who tricked her into using a stolen credit card. Courtney Simmonds-Miller, 31, from Cambridge, first met her scammer in 2008 when she was 19 years old living in Cyprus with her grandparents.
Who is Simon Leviev from Tinder Swindler?
Israeli 30-year-old Shimon Heyada Hayut uses a number of pseudonyms, including Simon Leviev, to trick women on Tinder into believing that she is the son of a millionaire diamond dealer, earning 7.4 million I stole pounds.
His victims told their stories in the Netflix documentary Tinder Swindler, which was released earlier this month.
Convicted of masquerading as Simon Leviev, the son of billionaire Russian-Israeli diamond tycoon Lev Leviev, the con artist used to spend money on luxury travel and gifts to women he met on Tinder. He then demanded money from the victim, arguing that he had to protect his identity because of his security concerns. Courtney Simmonds-Miller explains how her ‘Tinder Swindler’ Simon Leviev tricked her into stealing her credit card
Simon Leviev was revealed in a Netflix documentary. The Tinder Swindler Simon Leviev has been found guilty of defrauding women for around £7.4 million.
Courtney and Leviev, 20, became friends while working together in retail. She says she’s ‘100% under [Leviev’s] Spells’ and the scammers felt like her soul mates in the form of friends.
It didn’t take long for Leviev to start lying to Courtney. After her trip to Israel, he told her that he was a “hidden millionaire.” He said he was a “hidden millionaire” who had only worked in Cyprus because his wealthy father wanted him to learn the value of money.
Courtney Simmonds-Miller has expressed aversion to the trolls that classify Leviev’s victims as “gold miners”, claiming to have deceived her without “immersive theater and money.” However, he said he would take her inheritance and start her own business. Courtney was invited to be his assistant. One of her first jobs after she received the position and compensation of £2,500 per month was to rent a BMW for Leviev in her name because she didn’t have an international driver’s license.
For the transaction, Leviev provided credit card information. Courtney and Leviev were arrested after it was revealed that the cards had been stolen in Israel. After being searched, she spent three weeks in prison, describing the institution as “inhuman.”
‘The cell was disgusting and there were cockroaches everywhere. There were no doors in the shower or toilet, and the toilet itself was just a hole in the floor,’ she said. Despite confiscating his passport, Leviev was able to leave the country and authorities informed Courtney that he was responsible for his crimes. ‘It was terrible. He let me shoulder everything,’ she said.
Courtney’s grandmother paid a lump sum to keep her in prison, and the family ultimately paid over £14,000 before she was acquitted two years later. Courtney says she ‘heartbreaks’ when she thinks about Leviev’s flight. After he read an article in a Norwegian newspaper that one of his victims, Cecilie Fjellhoy, had been scammed for £185,000, she learned that she had cheated on other women. Leviev was not charged with deceiving a woman, but was imprisoned in Israel in 2019 for using a fake passport in Greece. After five months of good deeds, he was released.
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